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2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding Religious Minorities




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This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding Religious Minorities

Bulgarian Muslims or "Pomaks" constitute a sizable minority, comprising
2 to 3 percent of the population. Bulgarian Muslims are a distinct
group of Slavic descent whose ancestors converted from orthodox
Christianity to Islam. Most are Muslim, although a number have become
atheists or converted to Christianity.

Reports continued that some Muslim religious figures refused to perform
burial services for Muslims with Slavic names, a practice which some
observers saw as an encroachment on religious freedom.

There were a series of acts of vandalism directed at Jewish
institutions.

 

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